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BLADE RUNNER 2 by K.W. Jeter


The Edge of Human

by K.W. Jeter

Pub Date: Oct. 9th, 1995
ISBN: 0-553-09979-5
Publisher: Spectra/Bantam

 Ridley Scott's 1982 film noir, Blade Runner, was based on a Philip K. Dick novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Now, Jeter, Dick's protÇgÇ, attempts a sequel tying in both the book and the movie. Blade Runner Rick Deckard has fled the city with his dying beloved, the replicant Rachael. He's visited by Sarah Tyrell, now boss of the world's largest corporationand, disconcertingly, the original from whom Rachael was replicated. Sarah commissions Deckard to search for a sixth replicant whose records were somehow mysteriously erased. Ominously, someone has murdered Deckard's old Blade Runner boss. And yet another Blade Runner, Dave Holden (shot in the early stages of the movie), has been snatched from the hospital, fitted with artificial heart and lungs, and persuaded to track down Deckard. Whodunthis? Why, Roy Batty, the original of the replicant (played by Rutger Hauer) that gave Deckard (Harrison Ford) such a tough time! So develops a glum, dull guess-who's-the- replicant sequence, ending in the destruction of the Tyrell corporation (Sarah's goal all along) and the escape of Deckard and Rachael (or so he thinks) aboard a starship. Long-winded and aimless, with neither the gloomy brilliance of Scott nor the unsettling psychological qualms of Dick.